It’s Friday so that can only mean one thing, our weekly Strictly Come Dancing Team RiRo update is here courtesy of the lovely Robin Windsor.
Last week saw Robin and his partner Lisa Riley finish joint third after impressing the judges with their energetic and entertaining Jive. This week they’ve got the Charleston to tackle in Strictly’s Halloween week.
We caught up with Robin to talk about how he’s feeling after three weeks, talk about this weekend’s show and discuss his ability to dance in ladies shoes.
Last weekend was another good weekend for Team RiRo. How do you feel about it?
Team RiRo killed it again last week! I was really, really happy as it was such a fast, complicated routine. Lisa did a really, really good job and again I was proud of her.
You were joint third in the leaderboard at the end of last week’s show. How does that feel?
It’s so exciting for me. I’ve never been so high on the leaderboard so often. It’s new territory for me so I’m going to work really hard and make sure we stay up there.
It seems that Denise Van Outen is the one to beat at the moment…
Denise topped the board and quite rightly so; she was absolutely fantastic but I’ve also got to say – and I’ve said this to her – that my favourite dance last week was Dani’s. I thought that was absolutely brilliant. Over The Rainbow is the number that me and Kristina danced to (on the Dance To The Music Tour) and it’s really difficult to dance to because it slows down and it’s hard to get the timing. She did it so perfectly and I send her all my praise for that.
How’s Lisa’s confidence after three successful weeks?
Lisa’s confidence is still the same. She’s not over-confident. She’s very nervous would you believe, every week before we go on and Bruce is saying ‘it’s Lisa and Robin next’ she’s really, really nervous and I’m having to hold her hand to stop her from shaking. As we come down onto the dance floor each week I say things to her that are private jokes between the two of us to keep her laughing and giggling until we get to do the dance. It takes her mind off that nervous feeling.
She hides it really well because when you see her dancing she looks like she knows exactly what she’s doing and she just goes for it…
She absolutely loves ballroom dancing and as soon as the music comes on she’s like me – she feels the dance straight away and loves every second. You can see that at home, in the studio…from anywhere. When she puts her dancing shoes on and music goes she’s a monster (laughs).
When we spoke last week you mentioned she’d been suffering from sore feet and you’d let her wear flat shoes. How are her feet this week?
Her feet are getting better. They were very sore but if anyone watched It Takes Two on Wednesday night they saw that in order to feel her pain I donned a pair of ladies’ Latin shoes to dance the routine in for the afternoon. And I did it perfectly (laughs). She said ‘I won’t complain anymore, if you can do it anyone can do it!’
This explains the flurry of tweets from your fans calling you Roberta Windsor…
Yeah. I wore the Latin shoes for the afternoon and I think I pulled them off well actually (laughs).
Were you practicing in your heels before rehearsals Robin? Come on you can tell us…
I’ve got a selection at home you know, for when I get home on a Saturday night (laughs).
You’re dancing the Charleston this week. What can we expect?
This week we do have the Charleston and of course it’s Halloween week so it’s another theme week where we can get into character and have a lot of fun with it. I didn’t think there was any possibility that we could get faster than our Cha Cha and we got faster with our Jive. I said there was no way we could get any faster than the Jive but we’ve somehow managed to do it. This routine is quicker than quick.
Can we expect full Halloween costumes?
We will be dressing up this week. Everyone will be dressing up of course because it’s that time of year. It’s always one of the audience favourites Halloween week because it’s great to see everyone get into character.
Last week we talked about whether having a theme and props added to or hindered a routine. We imagine that Halloween brings a bit of fun to it?
Having a costume and dressing up and getting in the role of the dance you’re going to do makes life much easier to act it. Lisa’s a fantastic actress so she doesn’t really need that help so when she’s got the outfit on she’ll give it 150%.
How’s Lisa getting on in rehearsals this week?
Both of us this week are absolutely exhausted. This dance is really, really full-on. We’ve got a little trick up our sleeves which will be revealed on Saturday night in the dance and it’s something I’ve never done before. I’m actually petrified and it is Halloween so it gives me something to be scared about.
Are you going to make it out of the weekend alive?
We probably should have some medics on standby incase this goes wrong (laughs).
It sounds really intriguing…
It’s something I’ve never done and as I say I’m petrified.
You’re three weeks in now and you’re doing very well. You must be getting more confident about your chances of reaching the final now surely?
The mail goal for myself and Lisa is to get to Wembley for the Children In Need show. I think that’s most people’s goal. There’s only 4 weeks left of the competition after that so then we have to take it week-by-week and hope that we do really good dances and the audience love them.
This year has got to be the year that you break the nine week curse. You’ve left the show at week nine for the last two years.
Yeah both years I’ve finished at week nine so I want to get at least a week further.
We’re sure you’ll do it this year!